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Poor and disabled big losers in Trump budget; military wins

Media Lies Trump Increases Medicaid Spending Poor and disabled big losers in Trump budget; military wins
Kelley Robertson | 25 May, 2017, 07:15

The state Education Department put out analysis late Tuesday that said $433 million in school funding in NY would be cut under President Trump's budget, including $284 million that goes directly to the Education Department and school districts. With life expectancies rising, it's important to stabilize the program either through higher economic growth, the president's preferred option, or by reducing benefits or increasing contributions.

Unveiled on Tuesday, the budget proposes deep cuts to welfare programmes.

In short, Goldman economists see it as a very unrealistic plan that won't much resemble what ultimately ends up passing - which could still include a big tax cut.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., told Mulvaney that cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled, and other programs are "astonishing and frankly immoral".

But many other Republican lawmakers, seeing a budget they think will be tough to sell back home, greeted it warily. It aims to make it harder for people to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and easier to shift people who receive those benefits to move back into the workforce.

The proposal projects that this year's federal deficit will rise to $603 billion, up from $585 billion last year.

Panel Democrats charged that President Trump's cuts would rip apart the social safety net.

The president and his right-wing budget director, House Freedom Caucus co-founder Mick Mulvaney, specifically counts on $2 trillion in revenue to eliminate the deficit that the administration also devotes to paying for Trump's tax cuts.

Rogers, a 36-year congressman, said the Republican president remained popular in his district, but added: "We have not yet had a chance to see how (voters) will react to his budget proposals". "And as a outcome I think it is just disastrously consequential to build a budget on 3% - the bible says you can't build a house on a sandy foundation", Sanford said.

US new-home sales drop 11.4% in April, most in 2 years
He also points out that the volume of sales fell the most for homes above $500,000, while sales of homes under $300,000 were flat. As the pace of selling decelerated, there were 5.7 months' worth of homes available, up from 4.9 months in March.

Trump's budget whiffs on any meaningful reform to Social Security or Medicare, which limits its ability to address the nation's mounting fiscal challenges.

President Donald Trump's proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives' demands for a smaller federal government but target numerous very people who voted for him last November.

Besides, Trump's budget - which includes a $52 billion increase in military spending next year alone - wouldn't really bring down the national debt, despite what Mulvaney claims.

A day after the budget's release, a handful of senior administration officials fanned out on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, facing tough questions from Democrats opposed to the blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year and Republicans skeptical about the administration's math. And it omits any proposal for negotiating prescription drug prices, a frequent Trump talking point.

Medicaid spending would fall from 2 percent of the economy to 1.7 percent in 2027 due to the reductions in spending projections by Trump.

"You have said that the foundation of your budget is 3% growth and I have looked every which way about how you might get there and you can't get there".

The budget does feature a handful of domestic initiatives, including a six-week paid parental leave program championed by Trump's daughter Ivanka that would be designed and financed by the states through cuts to unemployment insurance. "Luckily, the majority of members of Congress know this budget is dead on arrival", he said.

More than $800 billion dollars will be cut from medicaid which is a government program that helps many, and not just the poor.

Josh Rogin is a columnist for the global opinions section of The Washington Post.

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